Grounds Management Association Toolkit:
Prior to Christmas, the GMA launched its new grounds management toolkit for club volunteers. The information on this can be found here; https://thegma.org.uk/news/grounds-management-association-launches-new-online-grounds-management-toolkit-volunteers
The new website consolidates information from the Sport England ‘Groundsmanship’ website and has reshaped some of its written content into short videos and easy-to-digest seasonal maintenance guides.
To access, the GMA toolkit, please visit Grounds Management Toolkit | Homepage (thegma.org.uk) or you can access Cricket specific resources at https://resources.thegma.org.uk/cricket/cricket-home
Grounds Management Association Online Training:
You may be aware that following the emergence of Covid-19 last year, the GMA has moved a lot of its training online, including:
(ONLINE) Level 1 Cricket Grounds Maintenance - This online option will suit those volunteers that do not have time to travel and attend a course. You will learn about the tasks involved in maintaining a playing surface in a cost-effective way, with the course costing just £25. Contents of the course include:
- Requirements of the groundsperson and pitch
- Maintenance activities
- Safe use and storage of materials
The course concludes with a formal multiple choice assessment test, which is also online. On finishing the course you will receive a certificate of completion
For more information on the course and how to book please visit; https://portal.thegma.org.uk/education/course/379841
We have also been told that an Online Level 2 and Online Level 3 course are in development for release later this year.
Grounds Management Association Webinars
Finally, please note that the GMA do offer a regular programme of live webinars on a range of different subjects. There are normally FREE webinars.
The next of these webinars is as follows;
GMA Live webinar - ‘Around the World in 80 Blades’ will be held on 28 January. Join us at 7pm where we’ll be speaking to industry legend Roy Rigby, Grounds Manager at Manchester City Football Club, about his journey from a volunteer grounds person to grounds manager at an international stadium.
The webinar will offer unique insights and it’s one you can’t afford to miss. Make sure you register for free by clicking the link.